Barbara Ferrell, who owns The Ferrell Shop in Jackson Square, received the Muddy Boot Award on Friday.
The award is given by the East Tennessee Economic Council. It is a tribute to people who, through their work and community activities, make East Tennessee a stronger region.
The mid-year Muddy Boot Award was given to Ferrell in a surprise ceremony on Friday in conjunction with the annual Lavender Festival in Jackson Square.
Ferrell has been a leading independent retailer in Oak Ridge for more than 25 years, a press release said. She has been the driving force behind the successful Lavender Festival, which celebrates its 18th year this year.
Ferrell has also worked tirelessly for retail in Oak Ridge in general and has especially championed historic Jackson Square and its businesses, the press release said.
Ferrell has also been a strong supporter of Oak Ridge nonprofit organizations, often volunteering her store as a ticket point of sale for Oak Ridge events.
“Barbara exemplifies the can-do spirit of Oak Ridge and is very deserving of recognition for her many contributions to the community over many years,” the press release said.
The Muddy Boot Award was created in the 1970s to honor individuals who have gone above the call of duty—like those who served the nation during the Manhattan Project—to make the community, the state of Tennessee, and the nation a better place to live and work. More than 80 people have received the award since that time. A full list of recipients and more information about the award can be found on the ETEC website at www.eteconline.org.
The East Tennessee Economic Council is a nonprofit membership organization that focuses on bringing people together to create new opportunities for federal research, national security and environmental programs, and to support technology transfer and economic development programs.
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